published Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Corker wrong on gas tax — and more letters to the editors

Corker wrong on gas tax

I disagree with Sen. Bob Corker’s proposed measure to increase the federal gasoline tax an additional 18.4 cents per gallon (call it a user fee — it’s still money out of the taxpayer’s pocket). That may solve the problem for highway funding, but progress is not made when a problem is solved with another problem.

It appears Corker has caught the politician fever and forgotten the principles I suspect he practiced as a business owner.

A smart business owner does not begin an improvement to his business, that requires extra cash, by increasing the prices of goods or services. Borrowing is one solution, but the best choice is to look for means to reduce unnecessary spending. Surely Corker practiced this before he began thinking like a politician.

By changing the way they think, our elected leaders would have no difficulty finding the necessary funds for this project — and thousands more, including the completion of the Chickamauga Dam lock.

Corker could surely line up strong support among fellow Republicans — and perhaps get some Democrats to join in the fun. Then the senator could take two aspirins, go to bed, awaken the next morning and admit that his original highway funding project was a dumb idea.

CURTIS REVELS


The difference in right and wrong

Hypocrite David Cook (June 18), repent of your own “horror of the self-righteous arrogance.” “How juvenile and ridiculous, how shameful” of you to denounce “right-wrong politics” as wrong. Hey Big Brother! Come party with the Father and us prodigal but repentant tea-ites!

We repent of breaking promises: no new taxes, no new women, no nation-building, keep your plan. We repent of breaking the Constitution, e.g., “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved to the States or to the people.” (Amend it if need be.) We repent of buying votes with promises we haven’t fully arranged to pay for. We repent of blaspheming compassion by using “compassion” as a name for bureaucracy.

Do you repent of your despicable hypocrisy — “My country pure, yours O.K. My religion right, yours O.K. My politics holy, yours corrupt” — in which you have “taken” yourself “prisoner”?

Sure, God outranks the U.S. and would change plenty of things here. Sure, Taliban and even traitors are people. But Jehovah’s welcome to us prodigals never equates the Father’s house with the pigsty. It requires us to notice the difference between right and wrong and repent of change from our wallowing.

ANDREW LOHR

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

Surely eyes will be opened now. We need more information, not empty debates.

Malleus Deum

July 1, 2014 at 12:23 a.m.

Andrew Lohr wrote: "Sure, God outranks the U.S. and would change plenty of things here. Sure, Taliban and even traitors are people. But Jehovah’s welcome to us prodigals never equates the Father’s house with the pigsty. It requires us to notice the difference between right and wrong and repent of change from our wallowing."

Still awaiting responses from the other god's followers. Zeus, Apollo, Isis, Poon-Koo-Wong, Allah, Loki, and Moloch's spokesmen are prayerfully considering Cook's writings as well.

July 1, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.
Plato said...

CURTIS REVELS said: "A smart business owner does not begin an improvement to his business, that requires extra cash, by increasing the prices of goods or services."

A smart business owner also knows that you can't provide products and services to your customer at prices below your costs and stay in business. Roads and bridges cost money to build and maintain. The simplest and fairest way to cover those costs is to charge the "customers" that is the people that drive on the roads and the bridges.

Corker offered a tax credit plan to offset the addition fees to go with the bill, but regardless if the offsets occur or not, the bottom line is, there is no such thing as a free lunch. If we want safe roads and bridges we have to belly up to the bar and pay for them, not put them on the government credit card for our children and grandchildren to pay for.

July 1, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
javelin363 said...

Curtis, it's like Bobby said anything worth having is worth paying for. Even you know if you want a car to get around in you will need to pay for one or need to walk. Bobby just wants to make sure you have a road to drive on.

July 1, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.
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